Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Business-to-business transactions: a comparative analysis of legal measures vs soft-law instruments for improving payment behaviour

Business-to-business transactions: a comparative analysis of legal measures vs soft-law instruments for improving payment behaviour
Published on: 02/08/2016 Last update: 19/09/2017
Deadline: 19/09/2016
The European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs plans to contract a study to assess the effectiveness of the measures, both regulatory and voluntary, currently used in EU countries to tackle late payment in business to business transactions.
  • Number: 558/PP/GRO/SME/16/C/011B

Prevailing practices that favour businesses holding stronger market positions form a part of business culture and can be difficult to address via normal, regulatory channels. With this study, the Commission will review the range of measures throughout the EU to determine which ones prove the most effective for specific industries.The ultimate result will be EU-wide qualitative and quantitative data that will enable the Commission:

  • to assess whether the current EU legal framework on late payments in the B2B area is still fit for purpose,
  • to provide public authorities, businesses and SMEs with concrete recommendations for building a responsible payment culture in the EU.

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Attention: Only electronic submission through the e-Submission application is allowed for this call. Offers sent on paper, by e-mail or by fax will be non-admissible.

The deadline for submission is 19 September 2016 16:00 (Brussels time).